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Comment Plot or plot (Score 1) 429

Many people keep talking about a plot... but which one? What plot are you thinking about? I liked Tron Legacy, and I liked the first Tron as well... There is a "plot" but you shouldn't be looking for "the main story line" to be the "plot"... For instance, in Tron (1) the main story is about Flynn having some programs ripped off and getting canned, then looking for that redeeming information in the system via hacking... The Plot, however, is about the MCP and it's purpose, and how Alan was fighting against it... freedom of information... maybe just freedom in general... we can apply this "plot" and "moral" to any number of circumstances in our lives... In Tron (2) the "main story line" is about young Flynn losing his dad one day, and growing up a little worse for the wear... again, like the first Tron, this isn't the "plot"... The Plot is the struggle of "imperfection" vs. a perceived "perfection" and how, once loosed, some things are hard to undo and can actually be damaging, over all, to the desired outcome. You can also apply this moral (plot) to things happening to us today with legislation designed to "do good" but actually being "bad" for us over all. (Patriot act, health care legislation, net neutraility legislation, financial reform, move to socialism vs. free market, etc) Don't look at these movies for the "meaning of life", they are a "sub-plot" of life... The story on the surface isn't necessarily the "plot"...

Terry Pratchett's Self-Made Meteorite Sword 188

jamie writes "Fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett says he was so excited after being knighted by the Queen that he decided to make his own sword to equip himself for his new status... the author dug up 81kg of ore and smelted it in the grounds of his house, using a makeshift kiln built from clay and hay and fueled with damp sheep manure."

Comment Many missed the point (Score 1) 703

It wasn't a tea party rally, it was a "Restoring Honor" rally...
To hold an "anti-Restoring Honor" rally is just plain stupid...what? we WANT to be dishonorable?
I'd be surprised if Colbert or anyone else could get more than Beck...just look at the last "icon" to have a rally there in D.C., what was it, back 2 years ago, the inauguration? Not even the charismatic leader of "hope" and "change" could draw more than 200,000 people.
Face it, people are fed up with the direction things are going. Colbert, if he is serious, would only make it worse, or prove the point.

Submission + - Teaching Developers Testing Skills 1

Efialtis writes: I have a unique opportunity in the next little bit to teach our Developers about Testing.
I have many years Testing experience with Hardware and Software, and I have read many a book.
There is, however, a difference in mentality between Developers and Testers, and some times, trying to bridge that gap is difficult.
I would really like to hear from the SlashDot community about how to get Developers with little or no experience in actual Software Testing to understand the peculiar POV.
Is there a book that I could use for a structured class? Is there some phraseology that would help?
How about just some insight as to the views and feelings Developers have toward Testing? Has anyone done this in the past? What did you use, how did you do it? and most importantly, what was the result?

Games Workshop Goes After Fan Site 174

mark.leaman writes "BoingBoing has a recent post regarding Games Workshop's aggressive posturing against fan sites featuring derivative work of their game products. 'Game publisher and miniature manufacturer Games Workshop just sent a cease and desist letter to boardgamegeek.com, telling them to remove all fan-made players' aids. This includes scenarios, rules summaries, inventory manifests, scans to help replace worn pieces — many of these created for long out of print, well-loved games...' As a lifelong hobby gamer of table, board, card and miniature games, I view this as pure heresy. It made me reject the idea of buying any Games Workshop (read Warhammer) products for my son this Christmas. Their fate was sealed, in terms of my wallet, after I Googled their shenanigans. In 2007 they forbid Warhammer fan films, this year they shut down Vassal Modules, and a while back they went after retailers as well. What ever happened to fair use?"

Comment It is actually a lot more simple... (Score -1, Redundant) 505

According to the LAWS that govern the use of a Social Security number: it is illegal to use that number for anything but social security tax purposes... In other words, you can only use it for Banks, Employment, and IRS Tax purposes. The DMV is breaking Federal Law, and any other organization, group, entity, company, or even Government Agency that uses your Social Security number as an IDENTIFICATION number are BREAKING federal law... So why not just enforce the law?
Social Networks

Submission + - People getting fired for Social Networking leaks (ksl.com)

Efialtis writes: "We have read stories about job interviews going south because of comments made on social networking sites, but this story looks at how company secrets might end up on those sites as well.
"Some people on social-networking sites like Facebook or LinkedIn may be a little too social.
The e-mail security vendor Proofpoint recently released its sixth report on Outbound Email Security and Data Loss Prevention.
'Seventeen percent, nearly one-in-five large U.S. companies, actually investigated a leak of confidential information to a social-networking site,' the company's director of market development, Keith Crosley, said.""

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